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Overcoming Anxiety with Jesus

Overcoming Anxiety with Jesus is a guest post by Michelle Olson

I will never recall the exact day that fear paralyzed me. One thing I know, though, is that it changed my life.

I was in my 20s, raising two babies, and unsure where to turn. My husband at the time was no comfort and couldn’t possibly understand – I didn’t understand. I lost 20lbs in two weeks and thought I would go insane. There were moments of hysteria, and had that been a constant state, I would have gone insane, but in between the moments of fear and panic, I was too busy trying to care for kids and figure out what was happening to me.

Nonetheless, it didn’t take me long to figure out that I was dealing with an unseen force that was not of God. I knew evil existed, and I knew the devil was real, but I had no idea of the types of attacks he could throw on a person – especially a person not grounded in the Word of God. It would take me years to figure that out, and even now, I’m still learning to build my house on that firm foundation (Matthew 7:24-27).

Honestly, I think if we are living for the Lord, we are constantly in a classroom until the day He returns, and by His grace, we keep standing – with our full armor on, of course (Ephesians 6:13)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

Stay On the Potters Wheel

While I have often asked God why that happened to me, deep down, I know there are a few explanations for it, including the spiritual warfare that I mentioned. I won’t give all the answers here because it goes a little too deep, but one thing is for sure—we do not go through something for nothing.

It’s easy to say God doesn’t put on us more than we can bear, but sometimes, it certainly feels that way and when you are the one going through something that feels unbearable, you just don’t want to hear that. But these things we go through are not just for ourselves but for others and it is a refinement for a reason. It is not just because God wants to play around with us like some Barbie doll in His hands.

This stuff, this junk we feel like we can’t handle, is making us a better person, a stronger version of ourselves, and God is refining us, purifying us to become the person that when others see us – others will see what God intended, they will see Jesus and not us.

Will we be perfect?

Not in this life. But we will be what God intended if we trust Him and allow Him to keep us on the potter’s wheel.

And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

Jeremiah 18:4

Overcoming Anxiety

I’m 49 this August, and it has taken me years to get where I am today. It was no easy feat, and I’m still working things out, but I had to climb out of that pit.

If it wasn’t for the believers in my life at the time and my family, I don’t know where I would be today from that ordeal. I know now that God was with me, but at the time, I thought He had left, which intensified every shred of fear that immobilized me.

I look back on that time in my life and know that it caused Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I have looked back and wished that would have never happened to me, but in reality – had I not gone through that horrific ordeal, I could not help others, and I would not be stronger for it.

We are overcomers ‘by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimonies’. One thing I hear my Pastor say repeatedly, and I’m paraphrasing, “Sometimes we may not be able to get people to listen to us preach the Bible, but we can tell them our testimony and that is living proof of what God can and will do.”

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Revelation 12:11

Trust Jesus

In closing, I was going somewhere completely different with this post, but maybe God had something else in mind, and someone needs to hear it. Whatever you are going through, no matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, trust God – He knows what He is doing and loves you so much.

Oh, I feel His Spirit as I write this. Don’t give up, don’t give in. Stand firm as His Word says because I promise if you will trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6), He is working it for your good – no matter how bad it feels because we don’t live by what we feel; we live by faith, and faith will get you through whatever it is you are going through. God’s grace is sufficient for whatever you face, and there is always enough to cover every situation. Stand firm and do not give up.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

About the Author

Michelle Olson is a mom, blogger, business owner and lover of Jesus.

Visit her online at www.2FruitBearers.com

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